Harford County Public Library rolled out the red carpet for teens and their families at the Abingdon library on March 14 at a special screening and awards ceremony for the teen Film This! Book Trailers contest.
Throughout the winter months, teens created and submitted short videos showcasing a favorite book, similar to a movie trailer. At the premiere, the finalist videos were viewed and the winners announced.
Emily and Allison Dietz were awarded first place for their entry titled "The Hiding Place," based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Corrie ten Bloom, with John and Elizabeth Sherrill.
Like the book, the video briefly shows the efforts by the ten Bloom family to hide Dutch Jews from the Nazis during Holland's occupation in World War II. The author and her sister, Betsie, were eventually imprisoned by the Nazis for harboring Jews. Betsie died in a concentration camp. Corrie was erroneously released and survived the war.
Second place went to Delaney Allen for her trailer for the book "Timeless," a novel by Alexandria Monir, and third place went to Mark Andrews and his trailer based on "The Giver," the sometimes controversial novel by Lois Lowry.
All entries can be viewed online by searching "HCPL Film This 2014" on YouTube.
Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches serving 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 4.1 million.